Daniel Beighley serves as the Service to the Armed Forces/International Services Director for the American Red Cross Southern California Region. Daniel joined the organization in February 2024 and leads the Service to the Armed Forces and International Services departments in providing Red Cross assistance to service members, veterans and their families as well as families seeking reunification assistance and more through Red Cross International Services.
Daniel comes to the Red Cross as a highly decorated Marine Corps leader after completing 26 years of service with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1997, Daniel earned various military occupational specialties, including Engineer Equipment Mechanic, Small Craft Mechanic, Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor, Small Craft Coxswain, Parachutist, Engineer Equipment Chief, and First Sergeant/Sergeant Major.
His operational experience includes key assignments at Engineer Maintenance Company in Camp Pendleton, California; 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group in Camp Pendleton, California; 3rd Special Operations Training Group in Okinawa, Japan; 1st Force Reconnaissance Company in Camp Pendleton, California; 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion in Camp Pendleton, California; Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific in Coronado, California; 3rd Intelligence Battalion in Okinawa, Japan; Marine Security Company at Camp David, Maryland; Marine Recruiting Station Orange County in Santa Ana, California, and Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 in Miramar, California.
Daniel’s deployments have been marked by significant contributions, including Operation Southern Watch aboard the USS Denver (LPD 9), where he engaged in humanitarian operations in East Timor. He also served on two Global War on Terrorism rotations with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, actively supporting combat and village stability operations in Afghanistan.
Daniel’s awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (one with a combat valor device), and the combat action ribbon. He is also authorized to wear the Presidential Service Badge and Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist insignia.
As Service to the Armed Forces and International Services Director, Daniel looks forward to continuing to serve his country by providing invaluable support to service members, veterans and military families in Southern California and beyond.